Mark Phillips

Mark Phillips is a retired naval officer who currently teaches in Northeast Ohio.

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The Laika Mission

The Laika Mission is a fictional story based on real-life events that occurred during the birth of the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union. The Soviets strike first with the launch of the Sputnik 1 satellite, and then immediately follow it with Sputnik 2. However, this time, the second satellite is carrying a special cargo – a dog named Laika. Follow her journey from street stray to space, and the young Russian dog handler, Dimitri, who readies her for the historic flight. The story brings Dimitri and Laika together with a venerable rocket scientist and two military doctors amongst the backdrop of a communist country trying to shake the oppression of the past. Will she make it around the Earth and return safely? Or will the rush to the cosmos ultimately doom her chances for survival?


Animals, Fiction


  • Ellen Phillips | 01/07/2014

    Good story and interesting facts! Held my attention from beginning to end. I think this is a story that would appeal to readers of all ages.


  • Donna Dubs | 17/04/2014

    Growing up I was always fascinated by space travel. The scientific facts, as well as the history of the Soviet Union, provided a good review of their determination in this effort, and all the preparation and time that went into it. The mission of this dog will touch you in a special way.


  • Mary Damico | 08/04/2014

    The Laika Mission is a great story - especially if you grew up during the Khrushchev/Sputnik era. It was easy to follow, even the scientific facts. The book was hard to put down - a touching story amidst the early space race.


  • Irene Roth, Book Reviewer | 14/03/2014

    This book will be enjoyed by pet lovers and historians as well as individuals who love to read about space travel. There are also a lot of details about the Soviet Union that will inform the reader. They sure have had a difficult time throughout their history.



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